World Blitz Chess Championship
Posted on November 21st, 2007 by admin

Viswanathan Anand (profile) was two points behind leader Vassily Ivanchuk (profile) after the first day of the two-day World Blitz Chess Championship on Wednesday, in Moscow. Anand, who was among the six players seeded straight into the finals, won eight of the 19 games he played on the first day. He also lost four and drew the remaining seven for a total of 11.5 points on the first day.

While Ivanchuk is leading with 13.5 points, Alexander Grischuk, the winner of the title in 2006, was second half a point behind.

Among the wins Anand had were over Alexander Morozevich, Magnus Carlsen, Michael Adams, Boris Gelfand and Anatoly Karpov.

Anand’s four losses came against Grischuk, Kamsky, Peter Leko and Vladimir Kramnik.